After a dramatic end to their regular season, the Golden State Warriors can clinch the 8th seed in the Western Conference if they can win in this Play-In Tournament game. They will be up against the Western Conference 7th seed, Los Angeles Lakers.
The winner of this game advances into the NBA Playoffs and plays the Phoenix Suns, while the losing team gets another chance by playing the winner of the game between the 9th and 10th seed.
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Warriors vs. Lakers Game Information
- When: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
- Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
- TV: NBA TV / ESPN
- Radio: 95.7 THE GAME (Warriors) / 710 ESPNLA (Lakers)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Memphis Grizzlies -172 // OU: 4
Why Bet on the Golden State Warriors?
The Warriors are on a longer streak with 6 straight wins to end the regular season. The team peaked at the right time and now has the opportunity to grab a playoffs spot after a mediocre start to the season. Despite not having star guard Klay Thompson and facing several injuries along the way, the Dubs bounced back and are now on pace to start a postseason campaign.
Stephen Curry closed his regular season with another astonishing performance, scoring 46 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists against the Memphis Grizzlies. The guard officially secured the highest-scoring title this season with 32.0 points per game average. We expect him to deliver another heart-stopping performance in this game.
Working alongside him are Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins, both pivotal players in their hunt for a playoffs spot. The two combined for 35 points and 29 rebounds in their last game. Meanwhile, Jordan Poole and Kevon Looney have been consistent on both ends of the floor and provide the team with additional firepower.
Why Bet on the Los Angeles Lakers?
The Lakers are holding onto a 5-game winning streak coming into this game. After a shaky second half of the regular season due to the absences of Anthony Davis and LeBron James, the team is back to their winning ways and is ready to fight for a spot in the playoffs.
Both star players are back and ready to lead the Lakers to the playoffs. In their last regular-season game, the two combined for 39 points. LeBron James stepped back on the court with a commanding presence and scored 25 points to go with 6 assists and a rebound. Meanwhile, Davis had a relatively quiet game with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and an assist. Expect the two to spearhead the Lakers’ offense come Wednesday night.
In their last 2 games against the Dubs, the Lakers were able to win both with significant leads. But, this is not going to be an easy task as Stephen Curry is on fire right now. The Lakers have to stay composed throughout the game and try to close down scoring opportunities for Steph.
Warriors vs. Lakers Betting Trends
- The Warriors are 5-5 in their last 10 away games.
- The Warriors are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 away games.
- The totals have gone over in 5 of the Warriors’ last 10 games.
- The Lakers are 5-5 in their last 10 home games.
- The Lakers are 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 home games.
- The totals have gone under in 5 of the Lakers’ last 10 games.
Warriors vs. Lakers Expert Betting Prediction
Both teams have everything to play for as Wednesday’s game will decide who moves on to the playoffs outright. This is a must-win to avoid playing another game before the postseason takes off. The return of LeBron James and Anthony Davis is a huge plus for the Lakers and should cause problems for the Dubs.
On the other hand, the Warriors are on a hot streak right now and are overflowing with confidence. On paper, the Lakers look like the better team, but a Warriors team moving at high speed can easily cover the spread and pull off the surprise win.
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